Friday, May 21, 2004

Scandinavian Marriage Stats 

Slate yesterday published an article by University of Massachusetts professor of economics M.V. Lee Badgett, titled Prenuptual Jitters: Did gay marriage destroy heterosexual marriage in Scandinavia?, in which Badgett provides a more detailed analysis of the statistics cited by opponents of gay marriage as evidence that the opening of marriage to gay couples destroys the institution of marriage both by reducing the numbers of hetero couples who marry and by increasing the number of hetero couples who have children without being married. Badgett shows that these interpretations are false.

Badgett gives a complete analysis of the specific allegations made by Focus on the Family's James Dobson and the Hoover Institution's Stanley Kurtz to show that the numbers simply don't support the dire statements, and she then provides a comparison of other issues impacting marriage and the differences between Scandinavian society and US society to show how any numbers provided simply cannot be transplanted from one culture to another.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:35 AM